Great Head Trail
Great Harbor Trail, Bar Harbor, ME, USA
Great Head Trail Bar Harbor Reviews
Hiking the Acadia Coastline... Jun 14, 2010
Finding the trailhead is a snap after parking at the Sand Beach lot in Acadia National Park. Then you go down the concrete steps to the beach and continue straight (or to the left as you face the ocean) until noticing some carved granite steps climbing up a hill. The Great Head Trail is a loop that you bump into at the top of these steps. Spencer chose right and I would recommend making the circuit this way – it is a moderate trail with a wee bit of elevation gain and rocks heading this way, probably best to tackle going up than going down. If you head this way the descent is gradual on a dirt path through the forest, so I think Spencer chose wisely (or luckily).
Be sure to look back onto the beach and the Beehive during the initial ascent which leads to pink granite cliffs overlooking the ocean. Continuing along a series of sea cliffs you will be afforded nice views of the coast and working lobster boats if you are lucky. Once the trail hooks back into the woods you will follow a broad dirt track through a forest of evergreens and white birch. There are plenty of flowers on the cliffs and in the woods so breathe deep while you are walking and enjoy the perfume of the trail.
Blue blazes mark the trail and the entire loop is roughly one-and-a-half miles. A great hike for youngsters with enough challenge to make it exciting (without presenting much danger). The excellent views and rapidly changing scenery will hold their interest for the short time it will take to complete this splendid loop.
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